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水, 27 9月 2023 22:04


Are there any young englishpool students who haven't borrowed this book at some time?

Well, after over 12 years of almost constant lending, our most popular book from the englishpool library has finally had enough!

Thanks, People flip-book, for all your service!




This short animated video introduces a mini application I created for those taking the Eiken Pre 2 Speaking test (英検準2級スピーキングテスト ). The first three questions of the test are based on a picture printed on the test card but questions 4 and 5 are more general.
I always feel it's difficult to prepare my students these last two questions, as there's a limit to how many we can practice in class, so I created this mini application to give them some practice outside of class.
The application can be found on the englishpool website at:
Good luck!


木, 29 6月 2023 08:13

I Found an Old Talking Elmo

Last weekend while I was having a bit of a clean at home, I found an old talking Elmo. He was a little bit dusty and his batteries were spent cleaned him up and replaced his batteries and here he is ready to join us as today's special guest.

Can you make out what Elmo is saying? Enjoy!


  As part of our Junior High School classes we've recently spent time practicing for the eiken speaking tests,英検スピーキングテスト, taking place soon. As time in the class is short, I created this little practice application for students to practice answering the 'opinon' type questions, typically 4 and 5 of the eiken test. At the moment I've only uploaded the pre-2, if you think it can be of help to you please click below:

The idea is that you listen to question, and have a go at answering it. The more practice of these type of questions you have the easier it will be in the test!

水, 28 6月 2023 08:33

On a Camping Trip

Recently in our Saturday morning Kinder class we started a theme of camping, based around the Potato Pal's, On a Camping Trip.

Here is a video of the book with the song.



木, 23 2月 2023 18:51

英語で電気工作教室 Week 6

This was the final week of our English and Electronics Course (英語で電気工作教室). So it was time to put everything together and review what we have learned so far!

It was also the time to put the A into our STEAM course. As you my know STEAM in an education sense is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths. So hving concentrated on the STEM part in the previous five classes, today we decorated our robots. Marker pens, scissors, hot glues, crayons were made available and the children were free to give their robot a personality.

This student decided to turn his robot into a cat. Meow!

We then connected everything the robot, arduino and controller together using jumper wires. After quickly testing that everything was working as expected we had a lot of fun animating our robots. Check out the video of the above cat robot....

And then the course was finished. We boxed the robots, Arduinos and various components for the children to take home and show their parents.

If you'd like to find out more about future upcoming English and Electronics course please check the dedicated webpage:

Thank you for reading!


月, 20 2月 2023 23:22

In the Evening

Last Saturday, in our Kinder class, we started the final book in the Potato Pals level 1 series. Here's a video of the song so you can practice at home.

Just need to find six spare dogs so we can do the 'walk the dog' action....


土, 04 2月 2023 18:23

Skidamarink a dink a dink

   Valentine's Day is almost here, so today in our Kinder class we did the Skidamarink Song. Over the years this song has proved very popular and today was no exception! If you want to practise at home here is a video from the folks at Super Simple with Tobee and friends.

  Before you ask, even after twelve years of using this song in my classes, I still have no idea what a 'skidamarink' is!!


水, 25 1月 2023 18:32

Making Towers from Paper Straws

   Towards the end of last year, and as part of our upper-elementary school aged classes, I challenged each class to construct a tower using only paper straws and sellotape.

   The reason for making the towers was that we were studying various famous towers around the world such as the Eiffel Tower, the Gerkin, the Oriental Pearl TV Tower, the Ostankino Tower and the Great Lighthouse of Alexandria as part of their textbook, Macmillan English. Unfortunately the children were not so impressed with these real world towers so get them more excited about the topic I let them build their own.

  The results can be seen in the video below.


As part of our continuing series (including The THREE Little PIGS) of taking a hike in the great outdoor to enjoy a cup of tea and a snack. This video find us up on Imakuma-yama in Hachioji.

Happy New Year everybody!


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